Refugee Crisis Simulation
This role-play simulation is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of global migration and, more specifically, the current refugee crisis in Europe. Since Germany is destination to the largest number of refugees within the European Union, the simulation is set in a small fictional German town where several national and local scenarios unfold. [click to learn more]

Community Empowerment in Conflict Settings: Uniting Alumni and Current Students for Post-Conflict Reconstruction Training
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.

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April 4-7, 2018
Volker will attend the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, CA.

March 9-10, 2018
TRENDS Global and KSU's School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development will conduct a Refugee Crisis Simulation at the Cherokee Outdoor YMCA

February 26-28, 2018
Volker will conduct a case writing workshop at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA

Sept 24th 2017
Volker will participate in a roundtable providing live commentary on the results of the German elections, Goethe-Center Atlanta, 12-3 pm. The event is open to the public.

November 13-15, 2017
Volker will conduct a case writing workshop at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA

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News Flash!

TRENDS Global will conduct a two-day Open Information Platforms workshop on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Kennesaw State University (KSU). The workshop takes the form of a professional development seminar (skills clinic) and will be hosted by KSU's new School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development (SCMPD).

For the workshop, we will be joined by two colleagues, Eric Wolterstorff, Director of Sovereignty First, a Washington , DC based firm specializing in open information platforms and Mary Dumas, an independent dispute resolution professional with more than two decades mediation and facilitation experience in urban and rural communities. As guest trainers, Eric and Mary will introduce an adaptation of Sovereignty First's Inclusive Nationalism Country Adaptivity (INCA) matrix designed for use in national and international post-conflict settings and developing nations. SF's shared information platform clarifies confused information environments in complex and conflict settings.
TRENDS Global is launching a peace and security case studies series in partnership with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College. Details about the case program can be found here:


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Transnational Research and Engagement in Diverse Societies

Violence, poverty, famine, drought, and disease continue to define people’s lives around the world. Globally, more than 800 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day, nearly one out of every nine people go to bed hungry every night, nearly 6 million children die every year before their 5th birthday, more than 40 percent of the world’s population do not have enough water, and fertile land is disappearing 30-35 times faster than in the past. Poverty, armed conflict, crime, torture, inequality, racism, and exploitation remain sources of conflict that continue to stand in the way of progress and prosperity.

In the United States, more than 45 million people and nearly 20 percent of all children live in poverty and income inequalities are rising. America’s crime and homicide rates are among the highest in the industrialized world, racial and gender discrimination persist, and energy scarcity is rising. These problems affect everybody, especially those who have the least access to social, economic, and political resources.

The motivation for TRENDS Global and the key principle guiding our ideas for research and engagement in diverse societies is that empowerment of disadvantaged and underserved populations, transforms communities and strengthens societies. TRENDS Global promotes the search for both localized and global strategies for resolving conflict by pursuing two main goals:

Research Goals

Conduct and foster research with long-term impact

  • Conduct research with an impact for resolving and transforming interpersonal, societal and international conflict
  • Establish global interdisciplinary research clusters and partnerships to analyze emerging social and political challenges and explore opportunities for constructively engaging current conflicts
  • Serve as an incubator for research intended to support disempowered and underserved populations
  • Provide professional training to emerging thought leaders, scholars and practitioners from developing countries and underserved communities

Engagement Goals

Engage individuals and diverse communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Facilitate global understanding through purposeful intercultural encounters and international exchanges 
  • Develop projects and structures to support disempowered and underserved populations in improving everyday living conditions
  • Recognize and address diversity through community needs assessments and demand-sensitive engagement
  • Provide project impact assessments and external evaluations of community research and engagement projects conducted by third parties
  • Bring together thought leaders and experts from academia, government, and industry to discuss innovative solutions
  • Identify, mentor, and empower the next generation of community leaders